By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Santi Cazorla could miss the rest of the season after suffering a shattering injury setback.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Spanish playmaker has suffered an Achilles problem just as he was on the verge of completing his recovery from a knee injury.
Arsenal had pencilled in Cazorla for a return this month but his comeback has been delayed and there is a growing possibility he will not kick a ball for the team again this season.
The loss of the key midfielder would be a huge blow for a team whose title challenge has been dented over the last month.
Speaking at his media briefing on Wednesday, Wenger explained: “Santi is not doing too well. He has some Achilles problems that hold him (back). His knee is doing well but his Achilles has inflamed a little bit and we have to put him off impact.
“It is a reaction to him coming back. We have to see now how he responds. He had always a little tendonitis on his Achilles and we have to see how he responds to that.”
Achilles injuries are notoriously difficult to recover from and Cazorla now faces a battle to play any part in Arsenal’s title run-in.
Wenger’s team host Swansea on Wednesday night hoping to get back on track after consecutive defeats at the hands of Barcelona and Manchester United.
In other Arsenal injury news, Wenger has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out until the end of April with a knee injury sustained in the defeat to Barcelona last week.